Are you from Baltimore?
No. I grew up in Oxon Hill, Maryland in Prince George’s County, Maryland. I moved to Baltimore just before the age of 17 to attend The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. When I graduated in 1998, I went to law school in the midwest.
I was excited to move back to Baltimore in 2016, just to be a part of the city’s incredibly energy. When we moved back to Baltimore, my husband and I initially lived in Mill No. 1 in Hampden. Then our family grew by one. After a three-year search, we bought a house in Bolton Hill in 2017 and moved to Bolton Hill in 2018.
Are you involved in your Bolton Hill neighborhood?
Yes. I attend church just right in Bolton Hill. Since 2017, My family and I have been members at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church. I’ve also participated, since 2018, in the best neighborhood book club ever. I help my elderly neighbors take out their trash or get groceries. When I’m not on the hook for getting my toddler fed or to sleep, I enjoy all our neighborhood social gatherings. And of course, as a working mom, I grocery shop in Bolton Hill, and patronize all local businesses.
In 2020, I’ve also helped our BHCA with the mural project on North Avenue and our Fall Festival. I volunteer to help out behind the scenes as much as I can.
Now that my daughter has turned three in February 2020, I’m excited to have greater freedom to be more places further away from home. The priority post-COVID-19 lockdown is to also get to know each of you at your neighborhood meetings.
How long have you lived in Baltimore?
Eight years total and four years in this most recent stint. I lived in Baltimore from 1994 to 1998, when attending college. While in college, I interned for one semester for then Baltimore City Councilmember Keiffer Mitchell. I enthusiastically returned to Baltimore in 2016 to start a family and plant roots.
What does your family do?
My husband is a journalist covering the economy, politics, and voters for a national news wire. Before the COVID-19 crisis, he commuted to DC each day via Penn Station. To maintain his independence and because he is unaffiliated with any political party, you won’t see his photo or name mentioned on this site. I can assure you, however, he is an incredible human being and worth one hundredfold his weight in gold as a husband and father.
My daughter is three years old! (Whew!) She was born at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is bright and funny with a bold personality. Initially, she will claim to be shy when meeting folks. She is in pre-school. She makes my husband and I laugh and swell with pride every day.
Why are you running?
In 2005, I had emergency open heart surgery that changed my life. I determined then that if God blessed me to live, I would spend the rest of my career helping to build community. Since then, I’ve been blessed to do so much more than corporate law. I’ve been a leader in public service on a wide array of issues. These include police legitimacy, children and family services, preK-12 education, and affordable housing.
Throughout District 40, and all of Baltimore, residents with incredible vision and tenacity are working hard to showcase Baltimore’s resilience and aspirations for the future of our historic city. The residents doing this work against-all-odds need greater leadership support.
For this reason, for this race, I am running because the folks working selflessly in the trenches need more allies with great leadership capacity. We need leaders who will be here for us. We need elected leaders who understand what makes deals come together and what makes them fall apart. We need leaders who will contribute thoughtfully on issues of public safety and police reform. We need leaders who embrace the idea that public safety must run hand-in-hand with urgent economic development for Baltimore.
We need what I will be — a knowledgeable and effective ally, who will bring more resources to District 40, who will help businesses stay in District 40, and who can craft legislation to support the great and tough work our residents are doing. I will be here for you—on issues of public safety and economic development and much more.
During the shutdown, I was sitting in my family room one morning and the weight of knowing that it would take 10 years to get done our total investment of $30 million just hit me. If it takes 10 years to invest only $30 million, we will all have to wait literally 100 years before we have enough investments like mine to uplift people and change the narrative on Baltimore. I am running to speed things up. It should not take 10 years to invest $30 million in our hardest hit communities. It should take two.
I know, as much as anyone, that life is short. We do not need to wait.
I also know that public safety without immediate economic development can revert to more violence.
I am running because I believe that everyday people today should have extraordinary chances to live their dreams today. That is our shared urgency. At every level, a mighty city deserves mighty leadership to match. With my skill set and experience, I believe I am the best all-around candidate to make you safer, healthier and wealthier in Baltimore City.
How do I sign up?